Environment Canada Denied 22% of Requests for Scientist Interviews in 2013

January 8, 2014

In a letter to employees, Environment Canada acknowledged that it had denied 22 percent of news media requests for interviews with its scientists in 2013.

The startling admission only bolsters critics who say the conservative Harper government is suppressing science which does not support its politics — for example, its policies on global warming or oil sands.

SEJ and other groups have urged the Canadian government to stop muzzling its environmental scientists and allow them to speak freely to journalists.

The Canadian Parliament's information commissioner is conducting an investigation into charges that federal scientists are being muzzled.